This year, I offered to take the kids to a different pumpkin patch, but they were having none of that! They insisted that we head back to the one we've gone to every year, at a school in the neighboring district -- we've been going there since the Las Madres days, when our LM group had many friends in the neighborhood.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! It's Ren Faire Time again!
This year, we met up with our good friends J, M, and J. Fun was had by all! We all definitely have our favorites now, having been so many years in a row. (Though I have to say, it's nice to have graduated past the kids-in-the-wagon stage.) We hit the Fool's Maze first, at BJ's request.
We counted it up, and this year was our sixth year in a row at the tent cabins at Big Basin State Park. Another good time was had by all!
As is our tradition, we spent a day at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. We had a lovely day for it, too.
We had a fabulous Fourth of July, full of fireworks, friends, and fun.
We started the day by watching the local parade, which has certainly grown over the past few years but still has a lovely small-town feel. From the folks handing out flags (and the kids that grab them)...
Well, here we are -- 2013! We had a quiet New Year's, arriving home from our trip to Nana J's at about lunchtime. S and I didn't make it to midnight, which is okay. Everybody just seemed to be glad to be back in their own beds after our travels. We had a very nice visit with Nana, which I'll write about in its own post. This one is just to welcome in the new year and to say that I'm not making any resolutions this time around! I'm just hoping for a full and happy year. Which is likely, given the abundance of blessings in our lives.
Ours was a very Merry Christmas, a quiet day spent at home. Santa delivered exactly what the kids had wished for: for BJ, the Harry Potter Hogwarts Lego set (the big one!); for BB, a large stuffed unicorn (one that looked "real").
An interesting synchronicity: BB lost her sixth tooth on Christmas Eve! (Very, very early on Christmas Eve -- she came in to our bedroom about 3 a.m. to inform us that she'd wiggled it loose! We were appropriately impressed and then insisted she go back to bed. Happily, she complied without any argument.)
We're ready for ya, Christmas! The cookies have been made...
'Tis that time of the season -- lots of Christmas preparations going on. We've put up the tree, visited Santa, and made gingerbread houses. I've had a hard time getting in the holiday spirit this year, but taking care of the traditional to-do's has helped.
Such a nice Thanksgiving! A real treat to have my parents visiting for the holiday -- always great to have them here. We also hosted for S's Aunt S, Uncle J, and cousin K. Set up an additional table (my craft show table doubles as an extra dining room table -- bonus!) and we were a bit crowded in our small apartment, but it was friendly and cozy. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take any pictures because I was so busy! But Dad got these: